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Pastel Zebra Nail Design

Published November 25, 2012 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This is an easy and quick design that’s perfect for a night out but doesn’t take all night to do. It’s also a nice alternative to the dark colours everyone usually wears in winter. You can use any pastel colour you like, but try to find one with a silver or gold shimmer through it. You’ll also need a striper brush/nail art brush with gold or silver polish to apply your zebra stripes. The glitter is optional, but if you go for glitter use a fine glitter polish in either gold or silver. Use gold or silver for the stripes and glitter depending on what shimmer your pastel polish has. The best way to apply the zebra stripes is to start at the edge of your nail and finish it about two thirds of the way across, filling in any big gaps with smaller stripes. Here’s a couple of helpful videos from YouTube showing you how to apply the strips and how to make your own striper brush: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyWVfQVMCN8&sns=tw, http://m.youtube.com/watch?gl=US&hl=en-GB&client=mv-rim&v=PuvG4zfaYtE. For this tutorial I’ve used Accessorze’s Shade 7, Nails Inc’s Glitter Glamour and a Technic’s nail art polish in gold. Enjoy!

Products I used for this design.

Products I used for this design.

Step 1: apply your base coat and allow it to dry.

Step 1: apply your base coat and allow it to dry.

Step 2: apply two coats of the polish of your choice and allow to dry.

Step 2: apply two coats of the polish of your choice and allow to dry.

Step 3: apply your zebra stripes, filling in any big gaps with smaller stripes and allow to dry.

Step 3: apply your zebra stripes, filling in any big gaps with smaller stripes and allow to dry.

Step 4: apply one coat of your fine glitter polish and allow to dry. (this step is optional)

Step 4: apply one coat of your fine glitter polish and allow to dry. (this step is optional)

Step 5: clean any polish off your fingers, apply your top coat and allow to dry. Now your done.

Step 5: clean any polish off your fingers, apply your top coat and allow to dry. Now your done.

Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed this tutorial, Kirsteen.

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Review & Kids Party Nails

Published November 23, 2012 by beginnersnailart

I bought some new polishes today and thought I’d share them with you. The pictures below show them on my daughter’s nails. She thought the glitter polishes would make nice party nails. The polishes are by Accessorize and came as a 3 pack for only £3.99. Shade 7 is in the middle in the first picture. It’s a pale pink with a slight gold shimmer through it. Shade 39 and Shade 40 are coloured polishes with matching fine glitter through each. They were well worth the money and I’d definitely buy more from them.

These are the Accessorize nail polishes i bought today.

These are the Accessorize nail polishes i bought today.

This is two coats of Shade 7.

This is two coats of Shade 7.

These are Shade 39 (green) and Shade 40 (purple). I applied two coats of each.

These are Shade 39 (green) and Shade 40 (purple). I applied two coats of each.

Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed this tutorial, Kirsteen.

Confetti Nail Design

Published November 22, 2012 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. Here is an easy confetti design for you to try. For this I’ve used Collection 2000’s Chiffon Pink, Nails Inc’s Glitter Glamour and silver and gold polishes for the dots. You’ll also need a dotting tool to apply your confetti dots. If you don’t have one you can make your own. Here’s a handy video I found on YouTube showing you how to do this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9Y4aYbtVYg&sns=tw. For my dots I used a dry ball point pen. You can use any colour polish you want for this design and the glitter is optional. I’ve used this and silver and gold for dots to make it more of a party look. Enjoy!

Products I used for this design.

Products I used for this design.

Step 1: apply your base coat and allow it to dry.

Step 1: apply your base coat and allow it to dry.

Step 2: apply two coats of your main colour and allow to fully dry.

Step 2: apply two coats of your main colour and allow to fully dry.

Step3: apply your silver dots, closer together at the top and spread out further down the nail.

Step3: apply your silver dots, closer together at the top and spread out further down the nail.

Step 4: apply the gold dots in the same pattern as the silver dots and allow them to dry.

Step 4: apply the gold dots in the same pattern as the silver dots and allow them to dry.

Step 5: apply one coat of fine glitter polish and allow to dry. (this step is optional)

Step 5: apply one coat of fine glitter polish and allow to dry. (this step is optional)

Step 6: clean any polish off your fingers, apply your top coat and allow to dry.

Step 6: clean any polish off your fingers, apply your top coat and allow to dry.

Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed this tutorial, Kirsteen.

Gradient Glitter Nail Design

Published November 21, 2012 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. Gradient nails are a brilliant look and can be done with any colour you like. They look great done with anything from pastels to neon. For this tutorial I’ve used Beauty UK’s Jade and Smokey Lilac, Nails Inc’s Glamour Glitter and a wedge make-up sponge. The glitter is optional as this looks great with just a top coat, but I thought I would add it since it’s nearly party season. If you do add glitter when you try the design yourself, opt for a polish with a fine glitter for a better effect. In step 4 you’ll need to apply polish to the sponge before dabbing on each nail. Don’t forget to dab off the excess onto a paper towel.

Products I used for this design.

Products I used for this design.

Step 1: apply your base coat and allow to dry.

Step 1: apply your base coat and allow to dry.

Step 2: apply two thin coats of your first colour two thirds of the way up your nails.

Step 2: apply two thin coats of your first colour two thirds of the way up your nails.

Step 3: apply two thin coats of your second colour to the top third of your nails and allow to dry.

Step 3: apply two thin coats of your second colour to the top third of your nails and allow to dry.

Step 4: paint the second colour onto the edge of the make-up sponge and dab off excess polish.

Step 4: paint the second colour onto the edge of the make-up sponge and dab off excess polish.

Step 5: dab the sponge across each nail where the two colours meet.

Step 5: dab the sponge across each nail where the two colours meet.

Step 6: apply one coat of your fine glitter polish and allow to dry. (this step is optional)

Step 6: apply one coat of your fine glitter polish and allow to dry. (this step is optional)

Step 7: clean any excess polish off your fingers, apply your top coat and allow to dry.

Step 7: clean any excess polish off your fingers, apply your top coat and allow to dry.

Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed this tutorial, Kirsteen.

Easy Marble Nail Design

Published November 19, 2012 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This tutorial for a marble design is really easy and quick. It is slightly messy so I’d recommend having a corrector pen or a cotton bud/Q-tip and some nail polish remover handy to clean up your fingers after step 3. Also, step 3 works best if you paint and dab one nail at a time. For this design I used Nails Inc’s Motcomb Street, China Glaze’s Go Crazy Red and some scrunched up plastic wrap/cling film. You can use any colours you like, although contrasting colours work best. Pastels work really well in spring and summer.

Products used for this design

Products used for this design

Step 1: apply your base coat and allow to dry for around 5 minutes.

Step 1: apply your base coat and allow to dry for around 5 minutes.

Step 2: apply two coats of your main colour. Allow to fully dry before moving on to the next step.

Step 2: apply two coats of your main colour. Allow to fully dry before moving on to the next step.

Step 3: apply your second colour and right away dab over whole nail with the plastic wrap.

Step 3: apply your second colour and right away dab over whole nail with the plastic wrap.

Step 4: once dry, clean the excess polish off your fingers apply your top coat.

Step 4: once dry, clean the excess polish off your fingers apply your top coat.

Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed this tutorial, Kirsteen.

Pink & White Leopard Print Stripe Nail Design

Published November 17, 2012 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This design is inspired by a tutorial I seen on YouTube. Unfortunately I don’t have the link anymore. It’s the first time I’ve tried the design so it is a little uneven. I added the gold and silver lines to make the edges between the pink and white look a bit more even. For this design I’ve used white polish, pink polish, four nail art stripers and some masking tape.

Apply your base coat then two coats of white. I've used a white french tips polish.

Apply your base coat then two coats of white. I’ve used a white french tips polish.

Stick a strip of masking tape across the middle of each nail.

Stick a strip of masking tape across the middle of each nail.

Apply a coat of coloured polish over the whole nail. I've used Nails Inc in St James.

Apply a coat of coloured polish over the whole nail. I’ve used Nails Inc in St James.

Paint pink dots on the white stripes. Space the pinks dots out for a better effect.

Paint pink dots on the white stripes. Space the pinks dots out for a better effect.

Roughly outline the pink dots with black. Add some small black dots around the larger ones too.

Roughly outline the pink dots with black. Add some small black dots around the larger ones too.

Paint a line along the top and bottom of the white stripes. I've used silver and gold here.

Paint a line along the top and bottom of the white stripes. I’ve used silver and gold here.

Apply a clear top coat and remove excess polish from around your nail.

Apply a clear top coat and remove excess polish from around your nail.

Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed this tutorial, Kirsteen.

Hello

Published November 16, 2012 by beginnersnailart

Hello! This blog is all about nail art. I love to do my nails. I’m an amateur at it, but I do like to share my ideas. Every post I do will have step-by-step pictures and descriptions along with the products I’ve used to help you recreate the look. Some of the designs will be my own ideas and some will be inspired from tutorials on YouTube. Where possible I’ll post the link to the YouTube videos as I know its always helpful to see.

I hope you all enjoy the blog and if any of you try any of the ideas out I’d really like to see!

Thanks for reading.